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To the Finland Station – p.114 (Fontana Classics, 1972)

“In choosing a profession, said Karl Marx at seventeen […], one must make sure that one has a field to serve humanity–for though one may otherwise become famous as a scholar or a poet, one can never be a really great man.   We shall never be able to fulfil ourselves truly unless we are working for the welfare of our fellows: then only shall our burdens not break us, then only will our satisfactions not be confined to poor egoistic joys.  And so we must be on guard against allowing ourselves to fall victims to that most dangerous of all temptations: the fascination of abstract thought.”

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